Ian Stewart Complex (ISC)

Ian H. Stewart Complex
Ian H. Stewart Complex

The Ian Stewart Complex (ISC) is a short walk from the heart of the UVic campus. The building houses several departments from UVic's Division of External Relations, including Alumni Relations, and Development and Donor Relations. In addition, ISC houses three labs from the Department of Civil Engineering: Geotechnical, Environmental, and Technical support labs.


Ian H. Stewart was chair of UVic's board of governors when the university acquired the sports complex in 1991. A businessman and lawyer, Stewart is a keen supporter of UVic's athletics programs. The facility, originally called the Gordon Head sports complex, was renamed in his honour in 2000.

Until the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) opened in May 2015, ISC was UVic's primary recreational centre. Throughout the 90s and 00s, its facilities included an outdoor pool, tennis courts, squash and racquetball courts, an ice arena, a dance studio, physiotherapy clinic, a gym and weight room, and a service that rented camping equipment and more. Many of UVic's 30 athletics clubs were run from the Ian Stewart Complex.